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Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered the "signature injury" of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Among Veterans with clinician-diagnosed TBI, HSR&D researchers have found that mental illness, particularly PTSD, and pain are common comorbidities. HSR&D researchers study a variety of TBI-related issues including: healthcare utilization following TBI, impact of mild TBI on PTSD severity and alcohol use, and cognitive and visual impairment after TBI.

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(5 of more than 497 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 16 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY focused publication briefs)

  • Evidence Review Identifies Modest Mortality Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in VA Healthcare
    To support VA’s efforts to better understand the scale and determinants of disparities in racial and ethnic mortality – and to develop interventions to reduce disparities, investigators from the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Coordinating Center in Portland, OR conducted an evidence review of mortality disparities specific to VA. Findings showed that although VA’s equal access healthcar...
    Date: March 1, 2018
  • Individual and Facility-Level Factors Associated with Higher Risk of Suicide Attempt among Veterans Receiving Opioid Therapy
    This study examined the associations between the receipt of guideline-recommended care for opioid therapy and risk of suicide-related events, assessing associations between individual-level and facility-level delivery of recommended care, and individual-level suicide-related events. Findings showed that within 180 days following opioid prescription, 1.6% of the study population on chronic short-ac...
    Date: July 1, 2015
  • Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury Strongly Associated with Risk of Epilepsy among OEF/OIF Veterans
    This study examined the association between epilepsy and TBI, including penetrating TBI (pTBI), in OEF/OIF Veterans. Findings showed that epilepsy was associated with previous TBI diagnosis. The estimated risk of epilepsy among Veterans with pTBI was nearly 18 times greater than among those without TBI, even after controlling for other factors. When examined separately, risk for epilepsy was also ...
    Date: April 1, 2014
  • Traumatic Brain Injury during Most Recent Deployment Strongest Predictor of Post-Deployment PTSD
    Investigators in this study examined whether deployment-related TBI predicts PTSD symptom severity when accounting for combat intensity and pre-deployment characteristics. Findings showed that, at the pre-deployment assessment, 57% of service members reported prior TBI; at post-deployment assessment, 20% reported deployment-related TBI. Even when accounting for pre-deployment psychiatric symptoms,...
    Date: December 11, 2013
  • Low Rates of VA Vocational Service Use among OEF/OIF Veterans with Mental Health Conditions
    This study assessed nationwide patterns of supported employment and vocational service use among OEF/OIF Veterans with the top four mental health conditions: PTSD, depression, substance use disorder, or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Findings showed that of the Veterans with mental health diagnoses included in this study, only 8% had a vocational services encounter during the study period, with 2% ...
    Date: August 1, 2013

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( 5 of more than 82 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
INV 19-200 Is Protection of Disability Benefits Associated with Employment in Veterans with TBI and PTSD? Pogoda, Terri 2019-10-01
IIR 17-051 Health Outcomes Associated with TBI Screening Miles, Shannon 2019-05-01
PPO 17-053 Coalition Building to Implement Evidenced Based Resource Facilitation and Increase Access to Community Support Services for Veterans with TBI Dillahunt-Aspillaga, Christina 2019-05-01
IIR 16-089 Improving Access to Supported Employment for Veterans with Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury Pogoda, Terri 2018-05-01
IIR 16-230 Recommendations and Interventions for and Changes in the Ocular Health and visual Function of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury Scott, Steven 2018-04-01

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Date Title Presenter(s)
10/20/2020 Understanding the Neurobiology of Deployment-Related Traumatic Co-morbidities with Diffusion MRI Milberg, William  
Sydnor, Valerie  
9/16/2020 Economics of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Biomarkers Dismuke, Libby  
9/15/2020 Sequelae of Deployment TBI in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Martindale, Sarah  
Rowland, Jared  
7/16/2020 Blood Biomarkers for Assessment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Hiskens, Matthew  
Fenning, Andrew  
6/18/2020 A Prediction Model of Military Combat and Training Exposures on VA Service-Connected Disability: A CENC Study Dismuke, Libby  

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